Phoenix Children's Hospital
The Zone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the eighth and most recent Zone to open, on November 9, 2012. Adding a Zone to the hospital was the vision of the late Mike Beninato, whose triplets received excellent neonatal care after being born prematurely at a hospital outside Chicago. When the family moved to Phoenix, Mike wanted to show his support to sick and underserved children in the area by giving to Phoenix Children’s, which is one of the ten largest children’s hospitals in the country. Mike approached Garth Brooks about performing a fund-raising concert, and his idea led to Teammates opening a new Child Life Zone at the hospital.
Like the other Zones, the Zone at Phoenix Children’s is a safe haven from medical procedures, where pediatric patients can escape the reality of their condition as they engage in creative and therapeutic play. This Zone contains the Garth Brooks Stage, a performance space for patients and visiting celebrities; a multi-use theater for films and other performances; a kitchen and dining area, in which patients can prepare food; a Teen Space, including games and computers to encourage peer interaction; a family resource library; and a quiet area for healing services including yoga, meditation, and massage.
Teresa is the Director of the Division of Family Centered Care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Services provided by this division include: Child Life, One Darn Cool School, The Emily Center, Patient Education, Pastoral Care, Volunteer Services, Language Services, Animal Assisted Therapy, Gift Shop, Family Advisory Councils and Children’s Advisory Board. Passionate about providing world-class care, Teresa has spent 27 years serving children and their families at Phoenix Children’s. She has written eight publications and has received 11 state and national awards. She also established the first Children’s Advisory Board in the country, creating a new standard for innovative, family centered care.